FOR months there have been rumours that Labor would send Queenslanders to the ballot box later this year, instead of waiting until January.

Now a loose-tongued boxing promoter may have accidentally spilled the beans, and flustered a state minister in the process.

In the aftermath of Jeff Horn's stunning victory over world champion Manny Pacquiao, veteran boxing figure Bob Arum answered questions about a possible re-match, adding that Queensland was going to the polls in November. And while Minister Jones was quick to respond, it was hardly a denial.

"We have provisions about a rematch and so forth but Kate tells me she's running for office again in, when, November?" he said.

A nervous Ms Jones chuckled, then said, "January we're due".
 

Major Events minister Kate Jones with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Major Events minister Kate Jones with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dave Hunt

By law, the Queensland election must be held before May 5 next year, unless the polling day is postponed or an "extraordinary dissolution" occurs.

If the election is held before 2018, the following election will be held on October 31, 2020.

If the government waits until next year, the next election won't be held until October 31, 2021.

News Corp Australia


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